SEAHAM Park’s 118-run victory over Silksworth owed virtually everything to Gaurav Jathar, who hit 17 fours and four sixes in a superb unbeaten 130.
He then followed up with a ten-over bowling spell in which he claimed five for 21.
The unfortunate Silks were frayed around the edges after that, although Paul Howe (42) managed to find some solace.
Marsden are in free fall at the moment. Defeat at home to Ushaw Moor was their third in succession, and made it six games without a win, a run whioch has seen them drop to within 14 points of surrendering their much-cherished top 14 spot.
Moor are one of those posing the most significant threat, and by contrast to their defeated opponents they have now lost just once in their last nine.
The visitors dominated from start to finish, Stephen Milburn the main man with 59 runs from 44 balls as Ushaw made 183-9, and then taking 5-15 in six overs to blow away the home team for 88.
Lee Innes’ fine debut season for Philadelphia continued, the all-rounder hitting six fours and seven sixes in a 118-ball 110 not out and then going on to bag three wickets as Mainsforth were beaten by 88 runs, and another man in form was Peterlee’s Connor Dickinson, although he had the heartbreak of being adjudged lbw just one run short of a century against Dawdon.